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  1. UFC Lightweight Division
  2. UFC Lightweight Champion
  3. UFC Lightweight Rankings
  4. UFC Weight Divisions


UFC Lightweight Division


The Lightweight Division in MMA contains different weight classes. The UFC Lightweight Division, in particular, limits fighters within 146-155 lb (66-70 kg). The UFC Lightweight Division is between the Featherweight and Welterweight Division. The current UFC Lightweight Division is also considered as one of the most stacked UFC Weight Classes


UFC Lightweight Champion


The current Undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion is Khabib Nurmagomedov. Khabib announced his retirement at UFC 254 after defeating Interim Champion Justin Gaethje but has not yet vacated his title.


Khabib Nurmagomedov has vacated the UFC Lightweight Championship after officially announcing his retirement.


Charles Oliveira is the current UFC Lightweight Champion.

UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira


UFC Lightweight Rankings 2021


Prior to UFC 31 in 2001, the Lightweight Title was known as the Bantamweight Title. The Strikeforce Lightweight Title was seemingly unified with the UFC Lightweight Title on April 20, 2013, when Benson Henderson defeated Gilbert Melendez.


The UFC Lightweight Title has been held by the likes of Frankie Edgar, Anthony Pettis, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Eddie Alvarez throughout the years. At UFC 205, Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor won the Lightweight Title after defeating Eddie Alvarez via TKO and became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously.


At UFC 223, Khabib Nurmagomedov became the Lightweight Champion after defeating Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision. Khabib went onto defend the title against Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje and tied the record for the most title defences in the division along with Benson Henderson.


He announced his retirement at UFC 254, though the title is yet to be vacated. Dana White confirmed on March 18th, 2021 that Khabib has officially retired and vacated the title.


Charles Oliveira defeated Michael Chandler at UFC 262 to become the UFC Lightweight Champion.


Current UFC Lightweight Champion: Charles Oliveira [31-8, 1NC]


Latest Updates on Different UFC Weight Classes


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionCharles Oliveira31-8, 1NCDefeated Michael ChandlerTBD
1Dustin Poirier28-6, 1 NCDefeated Conor McGregorTBD
2Justin Gaethje22-3Lost to Khabib NurmagomedovMichael Chandler (UFC 268)
3Beneil Dariush21–4–1Defeated Tony FergusonTBD
4Michael Chandler22-6Lost to Charles OliveiraJustin Gaethje (UFC 268)
5Islam Makhachev20-1Defeated Thiago MoisésRafael dos Anjos (UFC 267)
6Tony Ferguson25-6Lost to Beneil DariushTBD
7Rafael Dos Anjos30-13Defeated Paul FelderIslam Makhachev (UFC 267)
8Dan Hooker20-10Lost to Michael ChandlerNasrat Haqparast (UFC 266)
9Conor McGregor22-6Lost to Dustin PoirierTBD
10Gregor Gillespie14-1Defeated Carlos Diego FerreiraTBD
11Carlos Diego Ferreira17-4Lost to Gregor GillespieGrant Dawson (UFC Fight Night 195)
12Brad Riddell10-1Defeated Drew DoberTBD
13Rafael Fiziev10-1Defeated Bobby GreenTBD
14Arman Tsarukyan16-2Defeated Matt FrevolaChristos Giagos (UFC Fight Night 192)
15Thiago Moisés15-5Lost to Islam MakhachevTBD


UFC Weight Divisions


Men

  1. Heavyweight
  2. Light Heavyweight
  3. Middleweight
  4. Welterweight
  5. Lightweight
  6. Featherweight
  7. Bantamweight
  8. Flyweight


Women

  1. Featherweight
  2. Bantamweight
  3. Flyweight
  4. Strawweight


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Last Updated: August 30th, 2021

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